Saturday, March 14, 2015

Blaze Luminous - Ascension

This is so random but I love it when people are passionate about their talents. There are many gifted people in the world whom we will never hear about because we allow the big production companies to select the various artists that we should listen to or watch. And like drones, the masses will obey and never broaden their horizons. Well - I for one, like to march to a different beat. I love shopping from local markets and supporting the small businessman. Therefore, I will continue to explore independent artists and enjoy pure unsolicited talent.

Blaze Luminous is a talented independent artist. He learned the piano and guitar at a young age but it was the guitar that won him over. Since then, he's been non-stop with his musical pursuits. He has several EDMs on SoundCloud and is currently working on another project that includes rap music. This young man doesn't mind playing around with different genres of music and he excels at it all. He's amazing! But don't take my word for it...listen for yourself.


Checkout his Soundcloud:

And one of my favorites:


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Gourmet Comfort Food

I'm such the foodie. I love to try new things...well, not necessarily just new foods but dishes made with a twist. Perhaps paired with something that you wouldn't ordinarily think to pair a particular food with. Namely speaking, last nights dinner. My husband and I went to the Cleveland Heath located in downtown Edwardsville, Illinois...Oh my...DELICIOUS! That's all I can say.

Beet Salad

Beet Salad - baby beets, grilled scallion, sesame yogurt, pistachio, candied lemon

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

From Wounded Knee to Birmingham Jail

From Wounded Knee to Birmingham Jail

            When the men, women, and children of the Sioux nation were butchered while performing the infamous Ghost Dance in 1890 along a creek called Wounded Knee in South Dakota, this ‘battle’ would mark the end of the Indian wars of the nineteenth century. These Sioux were oblivious to the fact that this site would once again, some eighty years later be chocked with the blood of their descendants. The Indians never wished for this violence and only resorted to it in the face of extenuating provocation. Author Mary Crow Dog who was present in 1973 for the second event known as the Siege at Wounded Knee recounts this event, her personal battles, as well as the collective struggle of the American Indian Movement (AIM) in her book Lakota Woman. Much like the riots of the Civil Rights movement, these events were the culmination of tensions in the struggle for equality. Likewise, an interesting and apropos contrast of Mary Crow Dog’s story and the angst representative in Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail  is possible due to the fact that they share numerous similar themes. Although these two events are different in some aspects, both reveal an ugly truth about white America.